Russia says US proof of chemical attack in Syria 'unconvincing' as international opposition to US strike mounts
Sep 2, 2013
Capitals, (SANA) –Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support to the Russian Parliament's initiative to send a parliamentary delegation to discuss the crisis in Syria with the U.S. Congress.
"There is no better way than direct dialogue and presenting attitudes publicly," Russian Itar Tass news agency quoted Putin as saying on Monday.
Chairman of the Russian Duma Council, Sergei Naryshkin, and President of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, asked President Putin to use parliamentary ties between Russia and the US to encourage dialogue with Washington on Syria.
Lavrov: Military strike against Syria will delay international conference, hinder resolving crisis
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed that directing a military strike against Syria will delay holding an international conference on the crisis in Syria and hinder its resolution.
In a joint press conference with South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Lavrov said that if the operation announced by the US President, then the international conference will be delayed for a very long time if not forever.
He said that the political solution will prevail in the end, but the more we forestall it and the more those who influence the opposition delay, they will find that they will be unable to coerce the opposition to participate in the conference, and there will be more civilian victims.
Lavrov hoped that the proponents of the military solution for the crisis in Syria will take into consideration the answers provided by experts on the baseless allegations of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in Syria.
He pointed out that the agenda of the upcoming G20 summit in St. Petersburg doesn't include discussing the Syrian issue, but any participating president can pose any issue, and Russia is prepared to discuss the crisis in Syria during the summit.
Lavrov stressed that Moscow is committed to the agreements reached during the G8 summit, and that it affirmed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any side is unacceptable, but all information on its used must be investigated and the results must be submitted to the Security Council, noting that despite recent statements, Washington hasn't abandoned the international conference on Syria.
He warned that any attempt to legitimize the violation of international law will lead to chaos and destroy international legitimacy, saying that if some people think that chaos would eb better than international law, the Security Council and the UN, then Russia cannot agree with this at all, asserting that Russia will do its best to defend international law, the UN charter and the Security Council's role.
Lavrov said that the situation in Syria in the Middle East affects Russia's interests directly, and that the negative effects of the growing international terrorism has been felt for a long time, asserting that the situation in Syria affects other countries' national security, adding that terrorists have increased their activities recently and have become very comfortable.
He stressed that the common priority in national security must be preserving citizens' lives, taking precedence over procuring oil and gas.
Lavrov: US evidence on Syria's alleged use of chemical weapon intangible, unconvincing
Earlier, Lavrov Lavrov stressed that the evidence presented by the US to Russia on the Syrian authorities' alleged use of chemical weapon "are intangible and did not convince the Russian side."
Lecturing at the International Relations University affiliated to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, Lavrov said "Yes, they presented some things but they do not contain any tangible things and do not contain geographical coordinates and names and there is no evidence that the samples were taken by professional specialists."
He added that what our US, British and French partners have previously and recently offered for us absolutely didn't convince us as there are no facts but a mere talk about what we surely know and if you asked them about a detailed evidence they say that it is characterized by secrecy, asserting that it means that there are no such facts.
He said that the foreign players are applying double standard policy regarding the events in the Middle East and North Africa.
He reiterated that Russia and China agree on the need of solving the crisis in Syria through dialogue.
The Russian Minister expressed doubts over the possibility of convincing the Syrian opposition to participate in the upcoming international conference on Syria if a strike was directed against Syria.
Lavrov described the statements of his US counterpart, John Kerry, as "odd" regarding what Washington said that it had offered "irrefutable evidence" to Moscow on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
He pointed out that Russia seeks to hold a conference for the establishment of zones free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, asserting that Syria was one of the countries which called for the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Western attempts to justify potential strike against Syria 'rejected'
The Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, criticized as 'flawed' the US attempts to justify a potential aggression on Syria to ''protect civilians''.
''This kind of argument is flawed by all accounts,'' Dolgov said on his Twitter page on Monday, citing previous interventions in in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya proved in the past, which proved invalid.
Dolgov said that the best way to safeguard human rights is through a political settlement process based on negotiations and dialogue.
''We can see this kind of 'protection' in Afghanistan where the warplanes are snuffing out hundreds of lives, which they dub as collateral damage,'' he pointed out.
China emphasizes importance of respecting UN Charter in any military action against Syria
China affirmed that any measure about Syria must respect the UN Charter and the principal rules of international relations, expressing grave concerns over US threats of taking a unilateral military action against the country.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, was quoted as saying that China is gravely concerned about a possible unilateral military action against Syria. ''Any measure should avoid causing more complications to the Syrian issue and more catastrophes in the Middle East," he pointed out.
There should be no rushing to prejudge the results of the UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, Hong pointed out, calling on the UN to conduct an independent and professional probe into CW use allegations.
UN, Iran stress need to political solution to crisis in Syria
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, expressed rejection of any military intervention in Syria, asserting the necessity of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
In a phone call with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday, Zarif expressed his country's readiness to reach a peaceful solution to get out of the crisis in Syria.
He condemned the use of chemical weapons.
For his part, Ki-Moon reiterated the need for finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
Iran denies as "distorted" statements attributed to Rafsanjani on using chemical weapons in Syria
Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted as " distorted" the statements attributed to head of the Expediency Council Hashemi Rafsanjani about the use of Chemical weapon in Syria.
"Rafsanjani's statements have been distorted and the issue has been rejected by his office as well,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in a statement on Monday quoted by ISNA News Agency.
Afkham said that the head of the Expediency Council has always described Syria as a ‘firm stronghold’ to confront Zionist regime which is seeking strike on Syria under the pretext of using chemical weapons.
Earlier, some tendentious mass media, as part of their campaigns which rely on disinformation and fabrication, quoted statements attributed to Rafsanjani in which he said that the Syrian government has launched chemical attacks against the population.
The statements were issued the Iranian Labour News Agency.
Venezuela rejects military strike against Syria
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called upon US counterpart Barack Obama to resort to peace and not take any military action against Syria
In a letter sent to Obama, Maduro affirmed that his country joins the forces which oppose any military attack by the US against Syria.
On a relevant note, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua Milano and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif affirmed during a phone call their opposition to the use of force and waging war in Syria instead of resorting to political methods and dialogue.
Cuba denounces any US attack on Syria, calls for protests to prevent it
The Cuban Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning any military action the US may take against Syria, saying that such an action violates international law and the UN charter, will cause further bloodshed and destruction, and escalate the crisis in Syria.
Cuba called upon the Security Council to prevent any such violation, demanding that the UN General Assembly convene urgently to prevent any aggression against Syria.
The statement hoped that the US Congress will follow the example of the British House of Commons, calling on opinion leaders in the US to be reasonable and refrain from launching illegal attacks against other countries.
Cuba also called upon religious, youth, student, labor, artistic and intellectual activities and all those who reject war in Syria to organize protests to stop this war, stressing the need to respect Syria's sovereignty, independence and safety and Syrians' right to self determination, affirming the need for supporting a peaceful solution through dialogue without further violence.
South Africa stresses role of UN in solving crisis in Syria
President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, criticized the US threats to launch a military aggression on Syria, adding that the UN is the sole side authorized to intervene militarily in any country in case all other means have been exhausted.
In a speech before the 59th session of the Commonwealth parliamentary conference, Zuma said "we believe that the UN Security Council cannot be misused to carry out agendas for other country, referring to the US threats to launch a military aggression on Syria.
He stressed that the UN is the only side authorized to military interfere in any country.
Iraq reiterates support to political solution to crisis in Syria
Iraqi Foreign Ministry reiterated Iraq's stance in supporting the political solution to the crisis in Syria through the international conference due to be held in Geneva.
In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry stressed that the Iraqi delegation to the ministerial meeting of the Arab league had reservation and opposed many parts of the resolution draft on Syria, particularly the ones regarding the foreign intervention.
Baghdad reiterated Iraq's stance in support of the will of the Syrian people and calling for a political solution to the crisis in the country.
Earlier on Sunday, Iraqi representative to the Arab League, Qais al-Azzawi, stressed his country's rejection of any military aggression on Syria.
He stressed that "It is wrong for the Arabs to give a green light to a military strike on Syria. Iraq will never allow using its soil to launch a strike on any Arab country."
26 août 2013
Les Etats-Unis continuaient à renseigner Bagdad dans les années 80 alors qu'ils savaient pour les armes chimiques, révèle «Foreign Policy», documents de la CIA à l'appui.
Les Etats-Unis ont renseigné l'Irak sur des préparatifs d’offensives iraniennes pendant la guerre Iran- Irak dans les années 1980 tout en sachant pertinemment que Bagdad y répondrait par des attaques à l’arme chimique. C'est ce que révèle ce lundi Foreign Policy, magazine américain spécialisé dans les affaires étrangères, en s’appuyant sur des documents déclassifiés de la CIA et des témoignages d’anciens responsables. Une information qui résonne avec l’actualité syrienne de 2013.
D'après le magazine, les États-Unis savaient dès 1983 que l’Irak opérait des attaque au gaz sarin ou de tabun. Le site de Foreign Policy relaie un document de la CIA rapportant l’année suivante que l’Irak «avait commencé à utiliser de l’agent neurotoxique sur le front de Bassorah».
Fin 1987, la CIA repère, grâce à des images satellites, une brèche dans la défense irakienne à hauteur de Bassorah. A la même époque, l’Agence du renseignement de la défense américain (DIA) prévient dans un rapport que l’offensive de printemps de l’Iran allait être plus importante que les précédentes. Si Bassorah tombait, les forces armées s’effondreraient et l’Iran gagnerait la guerre.
Pour le président de l'époque Ronald Reagan, informé, «une victoire iranienne est inacceptable». La DIA est alors autoriseé à divulguer des informations à l’Irak sur les positions et sur les mouvements de troupes iraniennes, mais également sur la localisation de points stratégiques et sur ses défenses anti-aériennes.
Le gaz sarin et le gaz moutarde est utilisé avant quatre attaques militaires début 1988, organisées grâce aux renseignements américains. A chaque fois elles sont coordonnées avec un feu d’artillerie nourri pour déguiser les effets des agents neurotoxiques. La CIA n’est pas sûre du nombre de victimes. Le bilan pourrait se situer entre «plusieurs centaines» et «plusieurs milliers».
Selon la CIA, les deux-tiers de toutes les armes chimiques utilisées lors de la guerre l’ont été dans les derniers 18 mois. La guerre a duré de 1980 à 1988 et a fait plusieurs centaines de milliers de morts selon les sources.
«A partir de 1988, le renseignement américain parvenait sans obstacle aux forces armées de Saddam Hussein. En mars de la même année, l’Irak lançait une attaque de gaz neurotoxique sur le village kurde d’Halabja dans le nord du pays», relève Foreign Policy. L’attaque avait fait 5 000 morts.
L’article rapporte également les propos d’un officier retraité de l’Air Force, Rick Francona, attaché militaire à Bagdad en 1988. Il explique avoir visité la péninsule de Fao juste après l’attaque, «il a trouvé un champ de bataille jonché de seringues auparavant remplies d’atropine, le médicament couramment utilisé pour traiter les effets létaux du sarin». Il ajoute : «les Irakiens ne nous ont jamais dit qu’ils comptaient utiliser des gaz neurotoxiques. Ils n’ont pas eu à le faire, on le savait déjà».
Jun 25, 2013
Iran has condemned twin bombings that killed at least 11 people in a Turkmen-majority region in Iraq's Salahuddin province as a "targeted" crime aimed to sow divisions among the Iraqi nation.
The persistent bombings in Iraq and the killing of innocent people on the account of their religious beliefs is a crime against humanity and aimed at sowing sectarian violence in the Muslim country, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Araqchi stated on Tuesday.
The Iraqi nation managed to pass through the “dark age of [US] occupation and sectarian sedition,” Araqchi noted, calling on the Iraqis to unite against their “real” enemies and foil the plots they have drawn to target the country’s stability and political process.
Iraq will not Allow Using its Airspace to Attack Syria
Jun 3, 2013
Iraq stressed that it will not allow using its airspace to launch any aggression on Syria, warning that it will respond any Israeli violation of its airspace in case Israel has directed a strike against Iran.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Hussein Al-Shahristani, said Monday in an interview with Agence France Presse that Iraq will not allow using its airspace to strike Syria as also will not allow using its airspace or territories to transfer weapons into Syria from any side.
He pointed out that the Americans were also informed not to use the Iraqi airspace and territories for this propose.
Regarding the possibility of launching an Israeli aggression on Iran across the Iraqi airspace, al-Shahristani said that "We warned Israel that if it violated our airspace it will bear the repercussions."
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1 Sep 2010
Tony Blair: 'George Bush did not recognise Belgian prime minister
George W Bush did not recognise the prime minister of Belgium or understand why he was at a G8 meeting, Tony Blair has disclosed...'
In his new book, A Journey, Mr Blair writes that the former US president was confused by the presence of Guy Verhofstadt at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa.
“He didn’t know or recognise Guy, whose advice he listened to with considerable astonishment,” Mr Blair writes. “He then turned to me and whispered, ‘Who is this guy?’ ‘He is the prime minister of Belgium,’ I said.
“Belgium? George said, clearly aghast at the possible full extent of his stupidity. ‘Belgium is not part of the G8’.”
Mr Blair explained to Mr Bush that Mr Verhofstadt was there as “president of Europe”. Belgium held the presidency of the EU council at the time.
Mr Bush responded: “You got the Belgians running Europe?” before shaking his head, “now aghast at our stupidity”, Mr Blair writes.
Elsewhere in the book Mr Blair claims that the president held an uncomplicated view of international affairs.
“George had immense simplicity in how he saw the world. Right or wrong it led to decisive leadership.”
The former prime minister also suggests he was uneasy with Mr Bush’s 2002 State of the Union speech, in which he described Iran, Iraq, Syria and North Korea as an “axis of evil”.
Photo 1: A news conference at the White House in 2006. Verhofstadt, amused President Bush with a story about mountain biking.
Photo 2: Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris, addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday March 6, 2013.
‘So many’, wrote TS Eliot, reflecting on the waste land left by the First World War. “I had not thought death had undone so many.”
Iraq.. Giving Syria seat at AL to Doha Coalition violation of Charter
Mar 25, 2013
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari underlined that giving Syria seat at the Arab League to Doha coalition is a precedent and violation of the AL convention, saying "Iraq had reservation about the AL decision."
"The name of the League is the Arab League.. representatives of the member states are the elected governments which have legitimacy, express and represent their people," Zebari said in a TV interview on Monday.
He added "Iraq would not recognize any side other than what the Syrian people decide, we will keep our stance and the reservation we have adopted.
Zebari said that the attempts by some Arab countries to reach outcomes, put an entity instead of a state or raising an alternative flag without the Syrian people's opinion were to " close the door in front of any political settlements and complicate issues in future," reiterating his country's rejection of arming any side in the opposition.
American President Bush said he invaded Iraq "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people." But all the reasons Bush gave for his war on Iraq were false.
Disinformation about Iraq was produced by a special unit within the Pentagon run by Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith. The unit operated outside the normal intelligence channels of the CIA and DIA. Its purpose was to create false intelligence to enable Bush to initiate war with Iraq.
The concern that Saddam had stored large amounts of chemical and biological weapons was widely believed, although wrong. However, in September 2002, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the weapons were buried so deeply that "airstrikes alone" could not eliminate them. Two months later, the National Intelligence Council reported to Rumsfeld that the underground weapons were "vulnerable to conventional, precision-guided, penetrating munitions because they are not deeply buried." Rumsfeld did not pass the information along to senators.
For six and one-half years the Bush regime relied on coercion, intimidation, war, and threats of war. Diplomacy and good will have been shunned.
Speaking upon his return to the White House from the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains March 23, 2003, Bush said, "I was told this morning in my briefings that humanitarian aid should begin moving -- massive amounts of humanitarian aid should begin moving within the next 36 hours. And that's going to be very positive news for a lot of people who have suffered a long time under Saddam Hussein."
Bush stated, "We have an obligation -- and this is just not America, it's coalition forces -- have an obligation to put food and medicine in places so the Iraqi people can live a normal life and have hope." He said that U.S. and coalition forces are doing everything possible to protect innocent life.
Although completely unreported by the western media and the U.S. government, the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 by U.S.-led coalition forces was in large part an oil currency war which has been responsible for the death of at least 150,000 civilians.
Photo: Victims of the so called 'Iraqi Civilian War'
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his country opposes any kind of military intervention in Syria, warning that the move could aggravate the situation there.
Iraq opposes military intervention in Syria: Maliki - Press TV, August 30, 2012
October 3, 2012
'Iraq urges end to Turkey PKK attacks'
Iraq has called for an end to the presence of Turkish military forces on its land, demanding that Turkey stop its attacks on members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.
Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan,
Turkey is one of five European nations that continue to house U.S. tactical nuclear weapons allocated for NATO.
Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and 'medical' working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed. It proved once again that the Turkish government is not only arming Syrian terrorists but organizes with its NATO allies (with Israel in the background) also a real war against Syria.
Israeli-Turkish ties have deteriorated over Israel's refusal to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship last year, but according to US officials, Hillary Clinton urged Turkey to “keep the door open” to better ties with Israel.
It is important to know that in May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey.
The Popeye is an air to ground missile developed and in use by Israel, of which several types have been developed for Israeli and export users. A substantially modified long-range cruise missile variant of the Popeye Turbo has been speculated as being employed in Israel's submarine-based nuclear forces.
Israel has exported Popeye and its variants to various friendly countries:
Australia: Royal Australian Air Force
India: Indian Air Force
South Korea: Republic of Korea Air Force
Turkey: Turkish Air Force
Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the favorite poodle of Hillary Clinton.